• Theater Listings


    Art on theMART

    Through December 30th, 7:30 pm, Art on theMART, in partnership with Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, will present Shaping the Future, Featuring Select Works Created by Teenagers in Chicago’s After School Matters Program.  Full Winter Program Includes Nutcracker Projection by Joffrey Ballet and AI-Generated Piece from Ouchhh Studios.  Projections are visible to the public from Wacker Drive and along the Chicago Riverwalk.  FYI www.artonthemart.com.  

    Now Playing in Indiana:

    December 3rd, 4th & 5th, Beatniks Babes and Boys, Beatniks on Conkey, 420 Conkey Street, Hammond.  FYI (219) 852-0848 or wwwbeatniksonconkey.com.  

    December 5th, 11:00 am, Dickens Christmas Carol Luncheon Show hosted by Chef Joe Trama and Trama Catering featuring Philip Potempa & Crista Zivanovic.  Ballroom, Center for Visual & Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster.  FYI (219) 836-1930 ext 2 or www.cvpa.org.  SOLD OUT

    December 5th, 6:30 pm, Dickens Christmas Carol Dinner Show hosted by Chef Joe Trama and Trama Catering featuring Philip Potempa & Crista Zivanovic.  Ballroom, Center for Visual & Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster.  $45  FYI (219) 836-1930 ext 2 or www.cvpa.org.

    December 6th, 11:00 am, Dickens Christmas Carol Luncheon Show hosted by Chef Joe Trama and Trama Catering featuring Philip Potempa & Crista Zivanovic.  Ballroom, Center for Visual & Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster.  $35.  FYI (219) 836-1930 ext 2 or www.cvpa.org.

    Through December 12th, Holiday Inn Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Avenue, Valparaiso.  FYI (219) 548-9137 or www.memorialoperahouse.com 

    Through December 19th, A Fabulous 50's Christmas Towle Theater, 5205 Hohman Avenue, Hammond.  FYI (219) 937-8780 or www.towletheater.org.

    **** Through December 19th, A Christmas Carol, Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W. Chicago Street, Valparaiso.  FYI (219) 464-1636 or www.chicagostreet.org.  

    Now Playing in Illinois:

    Through December 4thLindberg, Lalo & BrahmsChicago Symphony Orchestra.  Magnus Lindberg's Serenades with Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu, Finnish National Opera; Lalo's Symphonie espagnole with Violinist Ray Chen and Brahms' Fourth Symphony.  Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan, Chicago.  $36-$221.  FYI (312) 294-3000 or www.cso.org

    December 3rd & 4th, 7:00 & 9:15 pm, Comedian Ramy Youssef on the Heath Main Stage, Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee, Chicago.  FYI  (773) 697-3830 or www.thedentheatre.com.

    December 4th, 3:00 pm, Ignite Chicago reading of Tokens of Promise, by Ada A. and directed by Sydney Chatman, in partnership with ABJ Community Services/ABJ Artslocated at Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E. 26th St, Chicago.  Free but reservations required.  FYI (773) 871-3000 or  www.victorygardens.org

    December 4th, 2:00 & 7:00 pm, The Art Deco Nutcracker A&A Ballet (A&A), Athenaeum Theater, 2936 North Southport Ave., Chicago.  $25.  FYI https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1080375?utm_source=sendgrid.com&utm_me...

    December 4th, Leslie Odom Jr. The Christmas Tour Broadway in Chicago, CIBC Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St., Chicago.  FYI (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

    December 5th, 7:00 pm, Comedian Gareth Reynolds, The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago.  $16-$33.  FYI (773) 697-3830 or www.thedentheatre.com 

    Through December 5th, As You Like It, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago.  $49-$90.  FYI (312) 595-5600 or www.chicagoshakes.com

    Through December 5th, Pre-Broadway World Premiere Paradise Square Broadway in Chicago, James M. Niederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago.  FYI (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and www.BroadwayInChicago.com. 

    Through December 5th, Othello Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago.  A digital version will be available to stream for patrons who do not yet wish to attend in person.  FYI (773) 753-4472 or www.CourtTheatre.org.

    Through December 5th, World Premiere, Primer an audio drama, Broken Nose Theatre, The Den Theatre. 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago.  Pay-what-you-can.  FYI  www.brokennosetheatre.com

    December 6th, Bach Marathon,  J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg ConcertosCivic Orchestra of Chicago, with artistic guidance from Principal Conductor Ken-David Masur, The Robert Kohl and Clark Pellett Principal Conductor Chair.  Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago.  SOLD OUT.  FYI www.cso.org

    Through December 6th, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-ALong Blog An authorized fan production to benefit Season of Concern.  Black Button Eyes Productions, The Edge Theater   (mainstage), 5451 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago.  $30.  Tickets go on sale July 1st.  FYI www.drhorriblechicago.eventbrite.com.

    Through December 12th, Sweat The Drama Group, 330 202nd St, Chicago Heights.  FYI (708) 755-3444 or www.dramagroup.org.  

    Through December 12th, TimeLine Theatre Company's FIRST DRAFT: Playwrights Collective Festival, Theater Wit, 229 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago.  Tickets are FREE but seating is very limited. Reservations are required.  FYI (773) 281-8463 x6 or timelinetheatre.com/first-draft.  

    Through December 12th, World Premiere, The Last Pair of Earlies Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street, Chicago.  FYI (773) 338-2177 or www.raventheatre.com

    Through December 12th, Pump Boys and Dinettes Porchlight Music Theatre, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn, Chicago.  FYI (773} 777-9884 or  PorchlightMusicTheatre.org 

    Through December 12th, Bug by Tracy Letts, Downstairs Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, Chicago.  FYI (312) 335-1650 or www.steppenwolf.org

    Through December 12th, God of Carnage AstonRep Theatre Company, The Edge Off-Broadway Theatre, 1133 W. Catalpa Ave., Chicago.  FYI www.astonrep.com.

    **** Through December 12thHershel and the Hanukkah Goblins Strawdog Theatre Company at Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago.  FYI www.strawdog.org.

    Through December 19th17th annual New Stages Festival, Owen Theatre, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, Chicago.  Free but reservation required.  FYI (312) 443-3800 or GoodmanTheatre.org/NewStages

    Through December 19th, Twelfth Night, Midsommer Flight, Show House room at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 Stockton Dr., Chicago.  Attendance will be limited to 30 persons per performance  FYI www.midsommerflight.com

    Through December 19th, Her Honor Jane Byrne Lookingglass Theatre in Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan, Chicago.  FYI (312) 337-0665 or www.lookingglasstheatre.org

    Through December 19th, World Premiere, Stove Toucher, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble (BTE), Playhouse Theatre, the McAninch Arts Center (MAC), College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.  FYI (630) 942-4000 or www.atthemac.org

    Through December 22nd, Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, Nick Diffatte: Offbeat, Artist in Residence Series, Chicago Magic Lounge, 5050 N. Clark St., Chicago.  $40-$45.  FYI (312) 366-4500 or chicagomagiclounge.com. 

    **** Through December 23rd, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown Citadel Theatre Company, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest.  $40-$45.  FYI (847) 735-8554, ext. 1 or www.citadeltheatre.org 

    Through December 23rd, The Second City's Holiday Revue, It's a Wild, Wacky, Wonderful Live, Copley Theatre, 8 East Galena Blvd, Aurora.  $37.  FYI https://paramountaurora.com/events/the-second-citys-holiday-revue-2021/

    **** Through December 24th, Saturdays & Sundays at 9:30 & 11:30 am, The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party    Chicago Children's Theatre, 100 S. Racine, Chicago.  FYI chicagochildrenstheatre.org

    **** Through December 26th, Christopher Wheeldon's reimagined The Nutcracker. Joffrey Ballet, Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago.  FYI (312) 386-8905 or www.joffrey.org.

    Through December 26thDennis Watkins’ The Magic Parlour, returns to Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton for in-person performances.  $79 per person including beer, wine and soft drink selections.  FYI (312) 300-6803 or www.themagicparlourchicago.com/

    Through December 26th, Who's Holiday! Theater Wit, 1229 N. Belmont Ave., Chicago.  $20-$35.  FYI (773) 975-8150 or www.TheaterWit.org.  

    **** Through December 31stIt’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! American Blues Theater at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago.  $25-$65.  FYI  (773) 871-3000 or www.americanbluestheater.com 

    **** Through December 31st, 44th Annual Production of A Christmas Carol Albert Theatre, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, Chicago.  FYI (312) 443-3800 or www.goodmantheatre.org.  

    Through December 31st, Christmas Dearest, Hell in a Handbag Productions,  Ebenezer Lutheran Church Auditorium, 1650 W. Foster, Chicago.  $35-$50.    FYI  www.christmasdearest.eventbrite.com or www.handbagproductions.org.

    **** Through January 2nd, The Snow Queen House Theatre of Chicago, at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St, Chicago.  FYI  (773) 769-3832 or www.thehousetheatre.com.   

    Through January 2nd, Sister Act Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 North Southport Avenue, Chicago.  FYI www.MercuryTheaterChicago.com.

    Through January 2nd, Love Actually? The Unauthorized Musical Parody Right Angle Entertainment, Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln, Chicago.  Tickets start at $29.  FYI (773) 935-6100 or www.ticketmaster.com. 

    Through January 2nd, World Premiere, Mr. Dickens' Hat Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie.  FYI (847) 673-6300  www.northlight.org/subscribe.

    Through January 2nd, I’m Not A Comedian… I’m Lenny Bruce Theatre 68 and the Venus Cabaret Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave., Chicago.  $69-$79 FYI www.LennyBruceOnStage.com or www.mercurytheaterchicago.com

    **** Through January 9thCinderella Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora. FYI (630) 896-6666 or www.paramountaurora.com.

    Through January 9th, Hundred Days Kokandy Productions, The Chopin Theater, 1543 W Division St., Chicago.  $30-$38.  FYI www.kokandyproductions.com,

    Through January 9th, Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn Drury Lane Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace. FYI (630) 530-0111 or www.drurylaneoakbrook.com. TicketMaster (312) 559-1212 or www.ticketmaster.com.

    Through January 9th, Blue Man Group, Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N Halsted St, Chicago.  More dates to be announced soon.  $49 – $89.  FYI www.blueman.com.  

    Through January 16th, Kiss Me Kate, Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire.  FYI (847) 634-0200 or www.marriotttheatre.com.  

    **** Through January 22nd, Disney's Frozen Broadway in Chicago, Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, Chicago.  FYI (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

    Through January 23rd, 8-Track: The Sound of the 70s Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, Howard Street Theatre, 721 Howard Street, Evanston.  FYI (773) 347-1109 or www.theo-u.com 

    Through January 30th, Don Clark presents When Harry Met Rehab Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago.  $42-$85.  FYI (773) 404-7336 or www.whenharrymetrehab.com

    Through March 27th, World Premiere, A Recipe for Disaster Rick Bayless & Windy City Playhouse, at a downtown restaurant TBA.  $60-$100.  Tickets include six bite-size tastings and three cocktail and wine samplings are on sale now, with regular and VIP options (including an expanded food and beverage menu) available.   FYI www.windycityplayhouse.com.

    Open run, 2 live performances per week, The Infinite Wrench The Neo-Futurists Theater, 5153 N Ashland Ave, Chicago.  $10.  FYI www.neofuturists.org.

    Open run, Wednesday-Sunday, 7:00 pm, Sunday Brunch Matinees, 12:00 pm, Teatro ZinZanni starring Frank Ferrante, Randolph Entertainment, 14th floor, Cambria Hotel, 32 W. Randolph St., Chicago.  $119 - $189.  FYI (312) 488-0900 or www.zinzanni.com/Chicago.

    Open Run, 7:00 & 10:00 pm, Thursdays through Sundays, Together at Last, Mainstage, The Second City.  FYI www.secondcity.com.

    Open Run, 7:00 & 10:00 pm, Thursdays through Sundays, Out of the House Party, e.t.c., The Second City.  FYI www.secondcity.com.

    Open Run, Thursdays-Sundays at 7:00pm, Fridays and Sundays at 10pm, The Signature ShowChicago Magic Lounge, 5050 N. Clark St., Chicago.  $50-$80.  FYI (312) 366-4500 or chicagomagiclounge.com. 

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    Now Playing Elsewhere: 

    Through December 12thMarie and RosettaWest Theatre at TheatreSquared, 477 W. Spring Street in downtown Fayetteville, Arkansas.  $18-$58.  FYI (479) 777-7477 or theatre2.org/subscribe.

    Through December 26th, A Christmas Carol, Fayetteville Public Library, 401 W Mountain St, Fayetteville, Arkansas.  FYI (479) 777-7477 or theatre2.org/subscribe.

    *** Family Friendly and/or Children's Theatre

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